Originally Posted by melgross
One problem is that Apple is one company. They are competing against an ecology of PC makers, and MS.
Many companies, and governments, simply won't buy, big time, into Apple, because they are a single source.
I know that he is speaking of the home markets (and possibly schools), but without the business and governmental markets as well, there is only so far that Apple can go.
I totally agree.
I just don't think that it would really be worth it for Apple to chase the big business and government market. Just how much money is made in those segments. I know that Dell, HP, Gateway, Leveno and others are desperately trying to increase their sales in higher profit margin segments. For what other reason would Dell have purchased Alien? It was for the higher margins, not marketshare.
Other than significantly reduced component costs that you gain by selling to the big business and government segments, what other advantage is there? Developers maybe?
I think that a key to Apple's survival was outsourcing. With the largest computer manufacturers building their boxes, they have already gained the benefit of large scale purchases. ASUS gets volume discounts buying bulk capacitors, motherboard substrates, ect..., (maybe even Intel processors) that are used in Apple's products and their own products that they manufacture.
I think that Apple is absolutely moving in the right direction, profitable consumer electronics.
Screw market share. Let Dell, et al, battle for the $10 net profit on the boxes in the corporate and government world.
I really don't think enough good things can be said about the iPod and how it has shaped Apple's vision for the future. Go Apple, take over my whole living room